Oyetola, wife still in possession of cars belonging to Osun govt – Adeleke kicks

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The Osun State government has directed the former governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, his wife, Hajia Kafayat Oyetola, and other public servants to immediately return various vehicles worth N2.9billion that are currently illegally in their possession.

This was according to a release by Olawale Rasheed, spokesperson to the State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, who noted that a report submitted by the State Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee, Dr B.T. Salami, confirmed that Oyetola alone had 11 vehicles ranging from Lexus Jeeps to Toyota Prado jeeps and various models of expensive vehicles of the state government in his possession.

Meanwhile, the former governor’s wife, Kafayat, also had several government vehicles in her possession that were taken away in violation of the law.

It was also claimed that the state’s former Deputy Governor had more than seven government vehicles in his custody without lawful justification.

The statement reads in full: “The Assets Recovery Panel of the Osun State Government has directed former Governor Gboyega Oyetola, his wife, Hajia Kafayat Oyetola and other former appointees to immediately return assorted vehicles valued at N2.9 billion presently illegally in their possession.

“The former officials had gone away with various models of vehicles without any legal basis for such action. As at today, there is no law that authorised any elected or appointed officials to go with state vehicles after completing their tenure of office.

“The Chairman of the Asset Recovery Committee, Dr BT Salami reported that due diligence has been conducted and the committee has concluded that the affected past officials should return government vehicles in their possession.

“This is the first batch of vehicles to be retrieved. We will soon come up with the second batch. All affected officials should return the vehicles in their possession immediately to avoid coercive procedures for recovery of State assets”, the Committee Chairman said.

“In the list of affected officials, Governor Oyetola alone has 11 vehicles ranging from Lexus Jeep, Toyota Prado jeeps and assorted models of costly vehicles. The wife, Mrs Kafayat also has in her possession several brand of governments vehicles which were taken away against provisions of the law.

“Other former officials listed include immediate past SPECIAL Adviser on Security, former Chief Details, former Personal Assistant to the Governor, former special assistants to the Governor, former Senior special assistants, former special advisers, former local government caretaker chairmen and members, former board chairmen and members, former Chief of Staff, former Deputy Chief of Staff, former Deputy Governor, former Secretary to the State Government, former commissioners among others.

“The former Deputy Governor has more than seven government vehicles in his custody contrary to the provisions of the law.

“A serving Senator, Oriolowo is also directed to return to the Osun State Agricultural Development Programme; five machines namely motor grader, bulldozer, soil compactor machine among others.

“All affected ex-officials are to urgently comply with the above request or risk enforcement procedures,” the statement added.